WEBSTER, Daniel, 1782-1852


Chicago Historical Society

Guide to Research Collections

American Antiquarian Society
Worcester, MA
Papers: 1812-1852. 14 items. Fragments of correspondence bearing his signature, brief notes, copy of a speech, and comments on political events.


American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1 letter to Webster in Eli K. Price papers, 1820-1853; correspondence in Henry Augustus Philip Muhlenberg papers, 1805-1847; Duane family papers, 1770-1933; John Vaughan papers, 1768-1922; Ely Samuel Parker papers, 1794-1946, available on microfilm; and John Kintzing Kane papers, [ca. 1800]-1892.


Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 92 items.


Boston University
Boston, MA
Papers: 1838-1852. 3 letters and 1 document.


Brandeis University Library
Waltham, MA
Papers: Correspondence (1840-1843) with Moses Atwood, Rufus Choate, Isaac P. Davis, Henry Fuller, Willard Phillips, Elihu Smith, Jared Sparks, Ray Thomas, and others in Elsie O. and Philip D. Sang collection, 1718-1892. 5 feet.


Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY
Papers: 1832-1851. 7 items. Personal and official correspondence. Finding aid.


Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: 1843-1851. 4 letters. Also poem (no date) by John Reuben Thompson on Death of Webster.


Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
Buffalo, NY
Papers: 345 letters as secretary of state in Millard Fillmore papers, 1809-1919. Available on microfilm. Finding aid.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1828-1837. 29 letters. Business correspondence. Finding aid.


Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: 10 items (1816-1852) in various collections. Finding aid.


Cornell University Libraries
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Moses Coit Tyler collection, 1779-1899 (bulk 1850-1899); and Marquis de Lafayette collection, 1520-1849.


Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1800-1852. 1,800 items. Available on 41 microfilm reels, with published guide and index. Also photographs, portraits, and memorabilia.


Filson Club Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: 1837, 1842. 2 letters. Also several references in various collections.


Harvard University
Houghton Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: 1801-1852. Ca. 200 items. 26 letters (1831-1852) from Webster to Harriette Story White Paige; 11 letters (1817-1852) to James William Paige; other correspondence of Webster to the Paiges; rough notes for Webster’s Faneuil Hall speech (1841); dedications to volumes 2, 5, 6 of his collected works; and other papers. Finding aid.

Additional Papers: 119 letters and invitations chiefly relating to 1839 European trip and Mrs. Webster’s journal of the trip in Daniel and Caroline Webster papers, 1822-1839; 258 letters to Franklin Haven, president of Merchant’s National Bank of Boston, in Franklin Haven papers, 1837-1858; and transcripts of official dispatches in Abbott Lawrence papers, 1837-1852 (bulk 1849-1852).


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: Correspondence in John William Wallace collection, 1725-1854; John Sergeant papers, 1783-1897; Daniel William Coxe papers, 1793-1868; Hopkinson family papers, 1735-1863; and Roswell L. Colt papers, 1808-1854.


Knox College
Seymour Library
Galesburg, IL
Papers: 3 letters (January 21, 1825; December 18, 1848; June 25, 1847) in Bookfellow foundation autograph collection, 1705-1940.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1800-1900 (bulk 1824-1852). 5 feet. In part, transcripts of ca. 400 original letters at the New Hampshire Historical Society. Correspondence, scrapbook, speeches, clippings, and other papers. Topics include the Bank of the United States, diplomacy, Latin American relations, politics, his early life, public opinion of the administrations of John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, development of the anti-Masonic movement, and Webster’s role in Tyler’s cabinet. Available on 8 microfilm reels. Finding aid. Also 41 reels of microfilm of originals (1800-1852) at Dartmouth College, with published guide and index. Finding aid.


Maryland Historical Society
Baltimore, MD
Papers: 1814-1891. 60 items. Correspondence, drafts of speeches, and family papers. Miscellaneous papers in other collections.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: Ca. 1,200 items (1800-1865) in various collections. Includes letters, speeches, invitations, receipts, notebooks, photographs and portraits.


New Hampshire Historical Society
Concord, NH
Papers: 1798-1852. Ca. 6 feet. Political, social, business, personal, and family correspondence, especially correspondence with his first wife, Grace Fletcher Webster, and his second wife, Caroline Leroy Webster; addresses; memoranda; articles; and portraits. Includes correspondence relating to the Austrian Revolution and to the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, and notes on Webster’s “Reply to Hayne”, and “Seventh of March” speeches. Available on 10 microfilm reels. Finding aid.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1816-1842. 145 items.


New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (May 24, 1830) in the James Barbour papers; in Gilbert Holland Montague collection, [ca. 1600-1900]; clippings in Luther R. Marsh scrapbook, 1888-1894; correspondence in George William Gordon papers, 1825-1852 (bulk 1840-1852); Alfred Williams Anthony collection, 1679-1944; and William Edgar papers, 1750-1870.


New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: 1 letter (February 18, 1837) to O.K. Barrell; correspondence in John Ellis Wool papers, 1765-1899; in Autographs of American Statesmen collection, ca. 1770-1865; and Harmanus Bleeker papers, 1801-1885.


Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, MA
Papers: 11 letters. Also items in the Gilbert Streeter correspondence; Watters family papers, 1760-1931; and John Greenleaf Whittier papers, 1781-1922.


Phillips Exeter Academy Library
Exeter, NH
Papers: 1823-1852. Ca. 100 items. Correspondence relating to politics, business, and personal affairs. Finding aid.


Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 23 items (1808-1852); and 76 items (1820-1850) on various political topics in the Gilder Lehrman collection. Finding aid.


Princeton University
Seeley G. Mudd Library
Princeton, NJ
Papers: In the Andre deCoppet collection, 1566-1942.


Rutgers University Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: 1824-1852. 3 letters.


State University of New York
College at Oswego Penfield Library
Oswego, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Millard Fillmore papers, 1817-1889 (bulk 1840-1876).


Temple University Libraries
Rare Book and Manuscript Collections
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: Correspondence in Dallas family papers, 1794-1865.


University of Michigan
William L. Clements Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 39 items (1821-1851) in several collections including the Hughes, Cass, and Story collections. Business and congressional papers and correspondence. Finding aid.


University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
Papers: 57 letters by and 61 to Webster (1828-1852) in various collections. Finding aid.


University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1800-1852. Ca. 130 items. Additional papers in various collections.


Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA
Papers: 5 letters; correspondence in Wise family papers; and numerous items in various collections. Finding aid.


Winterthur Museum
Winterthur, DE
Papers: Appraisal (December 14, 1852) of the estate of Daniel Webster. On 1 microfilm reel.


Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: 41 microfilm reels of originals (1800-1852) in Dartmouth College Library; 8 microfilm reels of originals (1800-1900 (bulk 1824-1852)) in Library of Congress; in John McLean papers, 1817-1861, on 18 microfilm reels of originals in Library of Congress; James Watson Webb papers, 1819-1967; Irving Goodwin Vann collection, 1778-1887 (bulk 1822-1887); Harry H. Ensign collection, 1818-1880; Benajah Ticknor papers, 1818-1852; Mary Ann Phelps Montgomery collection, 1746-1939; Johnson family papers, 1769-1886; and George Jacob Abbot papers, 1811-1901.


The Papers of Daniel Webster
Dartmouth College Department of History
Hanover, NH
Documentary publication project.
Research Libraries Information Network In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: Abigail Adams Smith Museum, New York, NY; Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, AL; Broome County Historical Society, Binghamton, NY; Colgate University Library, Hamilton, NY; College of Physicians, Historical Collections, Philadelphia, PA; Emory University, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta, GA; Friars of the Atonement, Special Collections, Garrison, NY; General Theological Seminary, New York, NY; Hagley Museum and Library, Greenville, DE; Harvard Business School, Baker Library, Boston, MA; Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, Baltimore, MD; New York State Historical Association Library, Cooperstown, NY; New York Society Library, New York, NY; Northwestern Univerisity Library, Evanston, IL; Peabody Museum of Salem, MA; Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, NY; Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia, PA; Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art, Washington, DC; Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA; State University of New York, Buffalo, NY; University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, IA; University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor, MI; and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA.